Max Woolf - Software Engineer

software engineer



About me

I’m an experienced Software Engineer that has worked on projects for tiny 2-person startups and multi-million pound projects alike.

I have a strong interest in back-end development as well as cloud infrastructure and DevOps transformation and I am also AWS DevOps Associate Certified.

My language of choice for a new problem is Ruby, but I’m open to a better tool for any job and have experience in Python, Swift and Javascript.

Mentoring junior developers is a passion of mine. I love to teach and support others in their careers.

I have strong experience working on a remote team.



Substrakt Health, Senior software engineer

January 2017 - Present

Substrakt Health is the company where I’ve made the biggest contribution so far. As part of the original development team, we built and scaled web and mobile applications aimed at patients in the National Health Service. We quickly scaled the application to over 20,000 patients covering a population of nearly 2 million with almost no downtime over the life of the product.

Substrakt, Senior Software engineer

September 2014 - January 2016

At Substrakt, I worked for a variety of clients in the GLAM sector including well-known theatres, museums, tourist attractions and membership organisations. I implemented techniques to help our clients scale quickly to avoid downtime during high-profile events and ticket sales.

box uk, Software engineer

September 2012 - September 2014

My work at Box UK was mainly for one large, multi-national charity which processed over $2 million every year. This large, legacy codebase written in Rails 2 was an important part of the charity’s fundraising drive, especially during the Christmas period.

Max is one of the best developers I’ve worked with. He’s always open to new ideas, learns fast and has a great attitude.
— Owain Lewis, previous superior

podnosh, Junior software engineer

June 2012 - September 2012

At Podnosh, I worked for a variety of clients, mostly in the West Midlands

While working with Max at Podnosh it would be hard to find fault. He never failed to deliver and often exceeded expectations.
— Steph Clarke, previous manager


Back-end Development
Amazon Web Services Certified
Web Applications
Tech for Good


University of Sussex, Brighton

BSc. Music Informatics
Graduated June 2012



Volunteer work

Charity Trustee at Friends of Cotteridge Park

Guide Dog Boarder at Guide Dogs for the Blind Association


Student volunteer of the year 2012
ABRSM Piano grade 6 highest mark - Cardiff